Robyn Eckhardt writes on food and travel in Asia, Europe and Turkey for The New York Times, Saveur, Wall Street Journal, SBS Feast and other publications. She was the founding Food Editor at Time Out Kuala Lumpur and for two years wrote a column on street food for Wall Street Journal Asia. Robyn is on the masthead at Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia and contributes to Zester Daily. She is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (April 2015).

Robyn often works with her partner, food and travel photographer David Hagerman; together they publish the award-winning food blog EatingAsia.

In 1998, while living in Shanghai, Robyn and David visited Turkey. That trip was the beginning of an obsession with the country, its people and especially its food that prompted Robyn to study Turkish for three years at University of California Berkeley. Since that first Turkey trip Robyn and David have driven over 21,000 kilometres along the back roads of eastern Turkey documenting regional cuisines and life in villages and in cities, on farms and on fishing boats and in high pastures.

Her cookbook Istanbul and Beyond stories, photographs and over 120 recipes from Turkey’s cultural capital and its far eastern reaches — will be published by Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in October 2017.

An Asia resident for 20 years, Robyn lives in the UNESCO World Heritage site of George Town, Penang. When not on assignment she leads private street food walks in George Town and teams up with David to offer food writing and photography workshops in Asia and Turkey, as well as bespoke culinary and photography excursions in off-the-beaten-track Turkey.


Twitter: @EatingAsia

Instagram: @IstanbulandBeyond

A sample of published work:


For The Economist‘s lifestyle magazine 1843: A feature on young farmers in Piemonte, Italy (forthcoming February 2017).

For Saveur: On pomegranate molasses, Malaysian palm sugar and Turkish cuisine.

For the New York Times: Sea urchin season on Spain’s Costa Brava, chasing anchovies on Turkey’s Black Sea coastexploring Cambodian flavors in Siem Reap.

For SBS Feast (Australia): A historic market neighbourhood in Chiang Mai, culinary adventures in Turkey’s cow country.

For Travel+Leisure Southeast Asia: Feasting in Taipei, dining out in Istanbul.

For Wall Street Journal Asia: Seasonal eating in Istanbul, the original artisan toast.